Marvel Studios EVP: “Chadwick Boseman is Irreplaceable.”

Marvel Studios EVP: “Chadwick Boseman is Irreplaceable.”

Ever since Chadwick Boseman succumbed to his valiant fight against colon cancer earlier in the year, the hot question in geckaphile circles is simple, “What’s going to happen to Black Panther 2?”

(L-R) Ryan Coogler of ‘Black Panther 2’ and President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige at Disneys D23 EXPO 2019
Credit: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney
  • Will Chadwick Boseman become a CGI creation, much like Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One?
  • Is Marvel going to kill off T’Challa in the sequel?
  • Would Marvel Studios just try to slip in a replacement without telling us?
  • Maybe Okoye (Danai Gurira) or Shuri (Letitia Wright) just step in with a completely transformed script?

No one really knows. It seemed a case of #TooSoon to even ask. Chadwick was admired as an actor, even more so as a man. Yet, the question remains because of the hype surrounding what could be in Phase 5.

And now, thanks to a Marvel Studios executive, we have a clear answer about Chadwick Boseman’s future in the MCU.

There’s Only One Chadwick Boseman

Credit: Matt Kennedy/The Walt Disney Co./Marvel Studios

Say it with me: “You damn right.”

Now that the sting has begun leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe about Chadwick Boseman and his unforeseen death, plans for Black Panther II are back in swing. The Argentinian outlet Clarin interviewed Marvel Studios EVP Victoria Alonso where she said there are no plans to digitally recreate the late actor.

And she said so emphatically, much to our delight.

I know that sometimes two months go by or three months go by in production and you say, ‘Well, it was a long time.’ But it is not a long time, we have to think carefully about what we are going to do, and how, and think about how we are going to honor the franchise.

Marvel Studios EVP Victoria Alonso, Clarin, Nov. 2020

When Ryan Coogler takes the Director’s chair again, there will be a plan to honor Chadwick but never to replace him.

No. There’s only one Chadwick and he’s not with us. Our king, unfortunately, has died in real life, not just in fiction, and we are taking time to see how we continue the story and what we do to honor this chapter of what has happened to us that was so unexpected, so painful, so terrible, really.

Because Chadwick was not only a wonderful human being every day for the five years that we spent together, but it also seems to me that what he did as the character elevated us as a company and left his mark in history.

Marvel Studios EVP Victoria Alonso, Clarin, Nov. 2020

Boseman died in August after being diagnosed with the disease in 2016. He proved his heroic nature by keeping his diagnosis from the public and kept on filming. Boseman was fighting the disease during the filming of Black PantherAvengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, Da 5 Bloods, and his last film that could set him up for a posthumous Oscar, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

The King of Wakanda (and possibly Marvel) was 43 years old.

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